As you know, Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-20 and announced a Stay at Home order from Friday, March 27 at 11:59 p.m. until Friday, April 10, which officially limits the activities for which we can leave our homes. The Governor is also extending the closure of schools until May 4 and bars and restaurants until May 1. 

The executive order ensures that businesses in critical sectors, as outlined in section 6 of the EO, may continue to operate. This list was created under the guidance of the Department of Homeland Security to define these sectors, and adding some additional sectors based on our economy in Minnesota.  
 
The list of critical sectors may be clarified, as deemed necessary by the Governor, to ensure the health, safety, and security of all Minnesotans. Clarifications will be available for public review at: http://mn.gov/deed/critical/.   Note this will be updated and many businesses will be added including construction this afternoon.

You can also determine eligibility for Critical Sector worker exemption by searching your 4-digit NAICS industry code. If an industry description is marked as YES in the Critical Industry column, then a worker in that industry qualifies for a Critical Sector worker exemption.
 
If a business would like to seek further clarification, please fill out the form on the web site here: https://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/covid/business-exemptions/ 
 
DEED website is updated with the latest information as they receive it:   https://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/covid/employers/ 


Business hasn't stopped, and your Chamber hasn't either. We are all in this together.......Stay Healthy!